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Mar 2018

Rachel Ward on The Thorn Birds

To mark 35 years since the premiere of The Thorn Birds mini-series, we take a look at the original costume design sketches in the NFSA collection and talk to Rachel Ward.

By Tenille Hands / 26 Mar 2018
Object
Television
Nov 2017

Polyorama Panoptique

The NFSA recently acquired a Polyorama Panoptique, a 19th century French optical toy.

By Lauren Curless / 29 Nov 2017
Object
Dec 2016

2016 at the NFSA

The NFSA collects tens of thousands of items every year. What were some of the highlights for 2016?

By Adam Blackshaw / 23 Dec 2016
Documents
Film
Object
Oral History
Photographs
Radio
Sound
Television
Sep 2016

A homemade TV

Television is celebrating 60 years in Australia this week. Did you know that in TV’s early days, a number of talented people built their own TV sets at home?

By Jenny Gall / 12 Sep 2016
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Television
Aug 2016

Fairlight

In 1979 two young Australians invented the first Fairlight sampling synthesizer and changed electronic music forever. We have one in working condition!

By Beth Taylor / 29 Aug 2016
Object
Jan 2016

Starstruck costumes

The musical comedy Starstruck (1982) and its colourful, outrageous costumes were ahead of their time.

By Beth Taylor / 25 Jan 2016
Film
Object
Apr 2015

Towards a level playing field

Bronwyn Dowdall and Shevaun O'Neill discuss the attention economy and what it means for archives today.

By Bronwyn Dowdall / 9 Apr 2015
Documents
Film
Object
Oral History
Photographs
Posters
Radio
Sound
Television
Sep 2014

Caring for two million collection items

Stewart Shannon reveals some of the tricks and secrets that the Collection Management team use to keep the NFSA collection safe.

By Stewart Shannon / 22 Sep 2014
Object
Mar 2013

The Quo Vadis connection

Martyn Jolly, Head of Photography and Media Arts at the ANU School of Art, writes about the connection between 'Soldiers of the Cross' and one of the world's first blockbuster films, Italy's 'Quo Vadis' (1913).

By Martyn Jolly / 28 Mar 2013
Object
May 2012

Part three: digital preservation

NFSA conservator Shingo Ishikawa and digitisation specialist Darren Weinert talk about digital preservation and packaging of cinema slides.

By Shingo Ishikawa / 12 May 2012
Film
Object